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Pajaro Valley Quilt Association
PO Box 1412
Aptos, CA 95001-1412
The PVQA meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at:
Beth-El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Road at Soquel Dr.
Social time begins at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM. Parking is limited, but there is additional parking on the street or at Cabrillo College. Directions. Guests are welcome for a $5.00 fee per meeting.
PVQA Board Meetings: Come meet the association leadership. Board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz, 2425 Porter St., Suite 16, Soquel. All members are invited to attend.
The last few decades have seen quilt making evolve into a new art form, no longer the exclusive domain of grandmothers and full time homemakers. Central Coast quilters are all ages, skill levels and pursue many different careers: engineering, chemistry, library management, interior decorating, and law. Quilters have turned a hobby into a cottage industry as professional machine quilters, quilting teachers, fabric designers, and fashion industry creators of wearable art.
Founded in 1978 by a small group of women who had taken a quilting class together, the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) has blossomed from the original 56 charter members at the end of that first year to 400 members, one of the largest guilds in the state.
Monthly meetings offer a wide variety of topics and workshops. Members are encouraged to not only learn the traditional quilt block patterns and techniques, but to expand their repertoire of skills to include art quilts, fabric sculptures, and wearable art. One readily apparent trend in quilt-making is the move away from larger bed quilts to smaller, wall-hung quilts that can be used as a decorating accessory in any room of the house. These wall or lap quilts have the advantage of being completed quickly and changed seasonally.
The group meets monthly at Temple Beth El at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and feature nationally recognized quilt artists from around the U.S. Recent topics have included photo transfer to fabric, broderie purse (Persian embroidery), renegade sewing, and machine quilting.
The purpose of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) is to encourage the art of quilt making and quilt preservation. PVQA is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the annual quilt show are used for community service outreach projects: working with school children, and annually providing several hundred quilts for various local charities. PVQA also supports the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
PVQA membership is open to everyone. Guests are welcome! Annual Dues is $30.00, $25.00 for students & Seniors (62+), $35.00 families, and $40.00 for merchant affiliates. For more information, click on Membership above.Return to Top
PVQA members have busy hands and big hearts! Two groups within PVQA provide cozy quilts to children and adults in need in our community. They meet twice monthly at both ends of the county, to make quilts from donated fabrics. Drop by for an hour or join them regularly -it's rewarding and serves those most in need. Donations of clean cotton fabrics in children's prints and bright colors, battings, and backing-size pieces are always appreciated. Stop by, meet new friends, get involved!
Allstar Quilters meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Fire Hall, 131 Kirby Street, Felton. Contact Karen Garrett at 831-423-8833, or Brenda Cornell at 831-458-2250. Over 800 quilts have been donated to such groups as Beach Flats Community Center, CASA, Royal Kids' Camp, Dominican Hospital, Hospice Caring Project, Jacob's Heart, Make-A-Wish Foundation, New Horizons School, Pregnancy Resource Center, Salvation Army and Sienna House.
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Agricultural History Project building at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds in Watsonville (upstairs - enter thru the Museum). Contact Cathie Colson at (831) 768-1912 for more information. These quilts go to such worthy causes as CASA, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Halcyon House, Royal Kids' Camp, and disabled American Veterans. Stop by and pick up a quilt kit to sew at home if you can't spare a Wednesday.
Although we don't have an official group, many guild members are involved in making lap quilts for disabled and recovering vets. The quilts are collected and taken to VA hospitals in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Minimum size is 36"x48", lightly quilted or tied and soft enough to drape. A patriotic theme is nice but by no means necessary. We request attractive, well-made quilts, appropriate for either gender. If you wish to donate a quilt, email Sandy Helin for more information. Please respect and honor the men and women who are recipients of your quilts with good fabric, good workmanship and a pleasing design.Return to Top
Pajaro Valley Quilt Association honors the charter members who in 1978 worked to form our guild, produce quilt shows, and develop the atmosphere for creativity that exists today.
|Kathy Bachan||Joan Batistich||Agnes Bezouska|
|Ione Bonney||June Borges||Susie Brandle|
|Eileen Byers||Erma Clark||Rachel Clark|
|Beatrice Casey||Dorothy Cline||Mabel Cole|
|Jean Davidson||Trudy Deaker||Ida Duren|
|Diane Fassnacht||Adrienne Fagalde||Amy Ferreira|
|Lavina Ferreira||Linda Gordon||Sirleen Ghigleri|
|Jean Grabost||Leslie Haws||Harriett Holmes|
|Cynthia Hornbeak||JoAnn Jackson||Pat Loughead|
|Martha Lipsanen||Janice Lucich||Nell Marmo|
|Mary Morris||Susan Mihalik||Lena Moline|
|Hilda Morrell||Carol McGuire||Bennie O’Donohue|
|Laura Olson||Billie Parsons-Street||Eleanor Penner|
|Elaine Pryor||Barbara Palla||Helen Pratt|
|Carmel Reitman||Christine Scherer||Donalee Seymour|
|Sandra Walsh Shikuma||Lee Seigfried||Cheryl Street|
|Jean J. Street||Lisa Swallow||Kris Vasser|
|Andrea Volpe||Katie Whidden||Carolyn White|
|Betty Whitman||Flossie Whatley|
|2nd Vice President||Jaimie Chism|
|1st Vice President||Cara Lamb|
|Affliate Merchants||Diane Hoxing|
|Bargain Garden||Laura Milburn|
|Hands All Around||Janie Bernstein|
|Members at Large||Lori Green|
|Members at Large||Ann Rauen|
|Quilt Show Chair||Mary Fran Archer|
|Small Quilt Group Coordinator||Cara Lamb|
|Special Projects||Susan Raineri|
|Web Manager, General Content||Kristine Ebersole||Kristine|
|Web Manager, Quilt Show||Kristine Ebersole|
|Web Manager, Business||Marie Abernathy|
|2009||Roz Di Natale|
|2007||Nancy Goudarzi & Karen Phillippi|
|2001||Jean Prosser & Jan Martin|
|2000||Mary Rose Hellenthal & Linda Long|
|1990||Ardis Normanly & Nora Wilson|
|1987||Janice Brown & Cleda Ross|